Combining science, art, mindfulness and play, I empower speakers to embody and elevate their voices with calm, confidence and gravitas, no matter what their environment, in a wholehearted and inclusive way.
As a public speaking and voice coach, I work on all issues speakers face, nerves, being the most common. What a lot of people don’t realize is that you can’t wish the nerves away. It is no good to hear someone say, or to tell yourself “don't be nervous” or "you shouldn't be nervous!" This feeling of nervousness is literally out of your control. Your body is having an autonomic response to a stressful situation and nerves manifest in different ways in the body. They affect your breath, voice, ability to think, engage, self regulate and make it challenging to be grounded and present in the moment. Learning how to manage and reframe nervousness is just one issue we can work on.
Other physical and vocal challenges are/can be specific to the client and that is why my sessions are never a “one size fits all.” Often what was once a momentary habit has become an unconscious state of being and we need to extricate you from that pull. Once I identify the issues, simply by watching a video asset or talking with you in person, virtually or on the phone, I start to design a personal voice work map to unlock the full potential of your voice. Once you understand the mind/body connection of what is happening – the why - we begin the journey to freedom through a series of vocal and physical exercises. The key to progress is in the practise. It will become important to incorporate your awareness into your daily life.
My work as a voice coach is shaped by many modalities and practitioners, from neuroscience to sports. My continuous study and curiosity in anthropology, physiology, psychology, vocal anatomy and mindfulness enable me to support you in arriving at a truly game changing awareness and experience.
My voice coaching sessions are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but are available worldwide, virtually.
Dr Stephen Porges
Dr Peter Levine